Mission

BreakDown STL educates, equips and empowers teens to make positive life choices related to high-risk youth trends. We use the contemporary teen voice to deliver culturally relevant health education - while raising up the next generation of leaders, influencers and role models

BreakDown STL showed me I deserve more.
— Female Age 16

VISION

To see students reach adulthood free from the consequences of high-risk behavior and leading their communities as agents of change  

I realize impulsive decisions now can dampen your entire life.
— Male Age 18
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core Values

  • Belief in the unlimited POTENTIAL of young people

  • Dedication to inspiring personal GROWTH and ACCOUNTABILITY

  • Commitment to INTEGRITY, transparency and showing love in all we do

  • Assurance in the power of TRUTH to restore lives, rectify past choices and set a person free

  • Confidence that we excel when DIVERSE voices are at the table

  • Belief in the impact of well-STRUCTURED PARTNERSHIPS and the power of health education

    OUR IMPACT

    LEADERSHIP TEAM   

    50-65 teen LEADERS EMPOWERED/year

    • 90% of BreakDown STL members abstain from substance use, including prescription medication abuse

    • 81% decreased addiction to pornography, social media and substances

    • 87% resist driving under the influence of a substance


    OFFSTAGE  

    1,200+ PEER MENTORS EQUIPPED/year

    • 89% of teens participating in monthly OffStage programming report positive bonding experiences with peers and mentors

    • 92% improved communication skill evidenced by voluntary involvement in activities


    ONSTAGE  

    15,000+ STUDENTS EDUCATED/year

    • 87% report increased self-esteem

    • 83% of OnStage viewers report an understanding of anxiety’s direct affects on physical and emotional well-being